Continuing to grow its 2.5″ product line for notebook PCs and portable
storage, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its next-generation
WD Scorpio™ mobile hard drives. Now shipping in capacities up to 120 GB, the
latest model WD Scorpio drives are equipped with either the EIDE or Serial ATA
(SATA) interfaces. Offering high performance from 5,400 RPM spin speed, WD
Scorpio operates with power requirements comparable to 4,200 RPM drives to yield
lower power consumption for longer system battery life and increased long-term
drive reliability. Technological advancements made in the company’s WD Scorpio
line of mobile hard drives also provide customers optimized acoustics for quiet
Featuring 12 ms seek time and up to 8 MB cache for increased performance, WD
delivers the industry-leading specifications that provide the greatest benefits
to its mobile customers: high reliability and low power.
According to research firm TrendFOCUS, the 2.5-inch hard drive market is growing
rapidly with unit shipments forecasted to expand 19.1 percent year over year
from 68.6 million units in 2005 to 81.7 million units in 2006, and the compound
annual growth rate of 2.5-inch hard drives is estimated to be 19.3 percent from
2006 through 2009. Now offering the WD Scorpio family in capacities of 40, 60,
80, 100 and 120 GBs, WD is in a position to address greater than 95 percent of
the notebook PC market in calendar year 2006.
“WD is addressing this large growing market by building on our reputation for
producing high quality and high reliability hard drives,” said Jody Bradshaw,
general manager of mobile storage. “The new WD Scorpio 120 GB drive delivers the
performance and exclusive features that translate into meaningful end-user
WD Scorpio Exclusive Features
WD’s exclusive WhisperDrive™ technology with SoftSeek™ algorithms helps make WD
Scorpio one of the quietest 2.5 inch drives available on the market regardless
of spin speed. Leading-edge ShockGuard™ technology combines firmware and
hardware advancements to protect the drive mechanics and delicate platter
surface to meet the highest combined shock tolerance specifications (300 Gs
while in operation, 900 Gs non-operating) of any 2.5-inch drive in its class.
WD Scorpio Pricing and Availability
WD Scorpio 120 GB EIDE (model WD1200VE) hard drives are currently shipping in
volume and are available on the company’s online (www.westerndigital.com) store
for $ 234.99 USD, where customers can currently take advantage of free standard
shipping on orders over $ 200. WD Scorpio 120 GB SATA (model WD1200BEVS) is
scheduled to begin shipping next month.
About WD Scorpio
WD Scorpio mobile hard drives are offered in capacities of 40, 60, 80, 100 and
120 GB; features either 2 MB cache or 8 MB cache; are available with EIDE or
SATA interface; and have a three-year warranty.